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    This paper examines the history of ideas pertaining to South Asian society under British rule. We will explore cultural debates and intellectual struggles around religion, race and caste from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries. We will assess contests over important elements of material culture, such as tea and clothing, allowing us to engage with a diverse range of perspectives from various South Asian communities.

    About this paper

    Paper title Topics in Intellectual History
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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    Pre or Corequisite
    48 300-level HIST points

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    Course materials will be made available electronically.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Gain an understanding of the range and depth of intellectual debates triggered by British colonialism in India
    • Develop an appreciation of changing ideas and practices within religious communities, regional cultures and castes lineages
    • Learn current best practice in intellectual history and the history of colonialism
    • Critically engage with the secondary literature in these fields
    • Learn how to assess diverse historical interpretations


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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